Jayne Arledge, from Enka, NC, begins her 35th year as head coach of the Lady Crusaders Basketball team. While at NGU, Arledge has been at the helm through many changes going from a Junior College to NAIA to NCAA Division II basketball.
The last several years have been very successful in which the teams have made it to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament five of the last seven years. Last year, the Lady Crusaders won the South Region to advance to the NCCAA National Tournament and brought home a 4th place finish. The 2005 Lady Crusaders made it all the way to the finals before losing in the National Championship game. That season Coach Arledge was named the 2005 NCCAA National Tournament Coach of the Year.
Arledge attended Western Carolina University on a basketball scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from WCU in 1979. Among her many honors and awards at Western, Arledge is most known for still holding the Lady Catamounts All-Time Leading Scorer record with over 1,800 points. After her senior season, her jersey was retired and she was inducted into the WCU Hall of Fame in 1992. The school officially retired her number and jersey to the rafters in the Ramsey Center in 2006.
Upon graduation from Western Carolina, Arledge began her coaching career at Dorman High School. After two years of coaching and teaching at Dorman, she came to North Greenville to be the volleyball and basketball coach. For 15 years she was a dual-sport coach until she gave up volleyball to give full attention to basketball.
Arledge was born on April 15, 1957 and attended Enka High School in North Carolina. While at Enka, she was a four-sport letterman in basketball, volleyball, softball and track. She was an all-conference performer in basketball, volleyball and softball. Arledge is also in the Hall of Fame at Enka High School. She graduated from Enka High School in 1975. After graduating from Western, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Furman University.